Tiananmen Square APWH

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Tiananmen Square : 

Tiananmen Square The Massacre of 1989

The Chinese Army’s operation to crush a democratic protest in Peking’s Tiananmen Square left several hundred civilians dead. : 

The Chinese Army’s operation to crush a democratic protest in Peking’s Tiananmen Square left several hundred civilians dead.

This happened on the 3rd of June when tanks randomly fired on unarmed protestors. : 

This happened on the 3rd of June when tanks randomly fired on unarmed protestors.

This was very unexpected as the protestors were unarmed, and the local residents rushed the injured to near hospitals. : 

This was very unexpected as the protestors were unarmed, and the local residents rushed the injured to near hospitals.

The protestors, of whom most were students, were planning on staying in the square until their demands for democratic reform were met. : 

The protestors, of whom most were students, were planning on staying in the square until their demands for democratic reform were met.

A week before the protests began with a march by students in memory of former party leader, Hu Yaobang. : 

A week before the protests began with a march by students in memory of former party leader, Hu Yaobang.

This was seen by the government as a “social chaos” and they had warned that they would do what was necessary to get rid of it. : 

This was seen by the government as a “social chaos” and they had warned that they would do what was necessary to get rid of it.

To this day, no one knows how many people were killed, but at least hundreds and at most thousands of people were killed in the massacre. : 

To this day, no one knows how many people were killed, but at least hundreds and at most thousands of people were killed in the massacre.

June 4, 2009 was the 20th anniversary of this event. The security was very tight around the square, and it looked as though the police outnumbered foreigners. : 

June 4, 2009 was the 20th anniversary of this event. The security was very tight around the square, and it looked as though the police outnumbered foreigners.

But the Chinese government shut down social networking and image sharing websites such as Twitter and Flickr, and blacked out foreign news channels each time they showed stories about Tiananmen. : 

But the Chinese government shut down social networking and image sharing websites such as Twitter and Flickr, and blacked out foreign news channels each time they showed stories about Tiananmen.

VOA news interviewed Bao Tang, a former senior government official, who said that if the protests are reassessed, it would be like a rebirth for China and a restoration of human rights for the Chinese people. : 

VOA news interviewed Bao Tang, a former senior government official, who said that if the protests are reassessed, it would be like a rebirth for China and a restoration of human rights for the Chinese people.

But a 17 year old boy summed it up by saying that “It’s time for China to take responsibility for the killings. They need to tell the truth.” : 

But a 17 year old boy summed it up by saying that “It’s time for China to take responsibility for the killings. They need to tell the truth.”

The End : 

The End Toma Harmelink Mr. Flores p.4 APWH 6/6/09

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